Best selling author Lisa Scottoline has four Golden Retrievers and one Welsh Corgi. She writes about them like this, "When you have a house full of Goldens, you think to yourself, You know, we need a dog". And which dog causes all the trouble in her home? The Corgi. Which dog literally ate part of her finger? The Corgi. Which dog is on doggy Prozac? The Corgi.
In the earlier days, the Golden Retriever was used for the purpose of hunting in old England and Scotland. It is due to their true flexibility and medium-size. The boldness, intelligence and vitality play a significant role in the hunting instincts of the Golden Retriever. The AKC recognized the Golden Retriever in 1925 and following this recognition the breed became increasingly popular. The dog received the title for Obedience Champ from the AKC in 1977.
Before you get Golden Retriever puppies it is important to consider whether or not they are the right breed of dog for you. The Golden Retriever is right for you if you want a large and athletic dog, a dog that has a nature to be cheerful with their tail-wagging most of the time or a dog that requires vigorous exercise and various athletic activities.
The Golden Retriever, one of the most popular intelligent dogs around the world, is known for its service in a wide variety of areas including field trials, obedience, hunting and offering companionship and guidance to blind people. During early days of the 1800's, hunting was considered both a practical measure for obtaining food as well as an interesting domain of sports in England and Scotland. The Golden Retriever was developed from the need to have a medium-sized dog that has the flexibility to move through wild following both upland gaming zone and waterfowl.
Anyone who is interested in owning a Golden Retriever should first become more educated on the matter of their health. Of course you are going to want your dog to be as happy and healthy as possible, and this means learning the important issues relating to Golden Retriever health, in particular coming up with the best diet. There are certain foods that a Golden Retriever needs that other breeds do not, and as they are larger dogs they typically require larger amounts of food.
Be prepared to spend up to a half hour daily during shedding season for Golden Retriever grooming sessions. For feathery-coated Golden Retrievers, it can take a half hour daily just to prevent the matting to which the dog is prone. Both types of Golden Retriever, the smooth-coated and the feathery-coated, will shed and are prone to matting and hot spots.